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to organized labor-- michigan approved legislation today that would greatly limit labor rights. protestors swarmed the state capital as lawmakers passed a bill prohibiting unions from requiring employees to join and pay dues. the move would make michigan, one of the most union-friendly states, the 24th "right to work" state, where union dues are voluntary. >> tom: more bumpy skies for boeing's 787 dreamliner. boeing's much anticipated and high-profile plane was grounded last week, according to "the new york times." the federal aviation administration also has ordered that fuel line connectors on all 787s be inspected. analysts call these problems minor hiccups. but as sylvia hall reports, the dreamliner's profitability to boeing right now is raising bigger concerns. >> reporter: boeing's 787 dreamliner promises to use about 20% less fuel than other planes. that's a big deal for an airline industry struggling with fuel costs. so far, boeing's sold more than 800 of its dreamliners, but the project has been plagued with three years of costly production delays. the company is ramping up produc
teachers in classrooms. the governor of michigan who is another republican decided to veto a conceal carry law in michigan. which of these is is the right approach. >> quite honestly i'm not sure either of those are the right approach. i think what we need is to be able to have a conversation, be able to have a debate about this. but i'm not sure the notion that, as i've heard some members of congress say, that if each teacher had been armed that somehow this would have prevented a tragedy. i believe that we need to look at mental health issues. i think we need a reexamination of some of our gun restrictions. and my hope is that this does not break down on kind of a red shirt/blue shirt, democrat/republican kind of issue. >> ifill: you mentioned the n.r.a. they put out a statement saying that the national rifle association of america is made up of four million moms and dads, sons and daughters, and that they are planning a news conference to talk about that but they are prepared to make what they describe as meaningful contributions to help make sure this never happens again. what would yo
for one of the busiest days of the year. elsewhere, parts of wisconsin, iowa, and michigan dug out from more than a foot of snow. the storm was blamed for at least nine deaths in half a dozen states. the day that some pegged as the "end of the world" came and went without incident. the focus on december 21, 2012, was said to be based on projections in an ancient mayan calendar. in mexico, tourists and new age spiritualists gathered to greet the day at mayan archaeological sites. and thousands converged on stonehenge in england for an "end of the world" party coinciding with the winter solstice. it may not be doomsday, but americans are feeling less hopeful about the future. the university of michigan's consumer confidence index fell this month to the lowest point since july. and wall street gave ground today on worries about the lack of a budget deal in washington. the dow jones industrial average lost almost 121 points to close near 13,190. the nasdaq fell 29 points to close at 3,021. for the week, the dow gained about half a percent; the nasdaq rose 1.7%. those are some of the day's m
that will simplify our tax code. >> brown: on the other side of the aisle, democrats, like gary peters of michigan, said the fine print in the g.o.p. plan does real harm. >> christmas is a time of giving, but sadly republicans are taking. taking food off the table from millions of american families that are struggling in these tough economic times by cutting food assistance by $36 billion. taking the unemployment lifeline away from more than two million americans who are trying to get back on their feet. >> brown: and in the senate, democratic majority leader harry reid warned today the boehner plan is a non-starter in his chamber. >> we're not taking up any of the things they are working on over there. it's time for republicans to get serious. it's very, very, very unfortunate that republicans have wasted an entire week on a number of pointless political stunts, and that's what they've been. >> brown: as the day wound down, there appeared to be little prospect for any agreement before christmas. >> brown: what's going on and where do things stand? joining me now: norman ornstein, a long-time watc
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